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Credit: On the cover: Photo by DuWayne Padilla

The latest issue

The latest print issue of the Reader is the issue of July 7, 2022. Distribution to locations began Wednesday morning and will continue through Thursday, July 7.

You can download the print issue as a free PDF.

The next print issue will be the issue of July, 21, 2022, the Food & Drink Issue. See our information page for advertising opportunities.

To keep up with your demand, we have expanded our print run to 60,000. Many Reader boxes including downtown and transit line locations will be restocked on the Wednesday following each issue date.


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Chicago Reader print issue dates

The Chicago Reader is published in print every other week. Issues are dated Thursday. Distribution usually happens Wednesday morning through Thursday night of the issue date. Upcoming print issue dates through December 2022 are:


Download the full 2022 editorial calendar is here (PDF). See our information page for advertising opportunities.

[PRESS RELEASE] Lawyers for Social Justice Reception

Benefitting The Reader Institute for Community Journalism,
Publisher of the Chicago Reader

Reader co-publisher Karen Hawkins to move to The 19th*

Culture editor Salem Collo-Julin will be promoted to managing editor.

Chicago Reader formally completes transition to nonprofit

Sale documents signed Monday transfer ownership to the Reader Institute for Community Journalism

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